“Bug” is exactly the type of film that makes the thinking person think. Staring Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon, Harry Connick Jr., and Lynn Collins. The film mostly takes place inside the motel room of the main character Agnes White (Ashley Judd)
The flim starts out by introducing us to a lonely woman by the name of Agnes White. The opening scene’s purpose is to show the viewers that this woman is not only lonely, but also paranoid about a man who was recently released from jail. R.C. (Lynn Collins) is her only close friend. During a party at the lesbian bar that Agnes and R.C. work at, R.C. introduces Agnes to a war veteran by the name of Peter Evans (Michael Shannon) standing next to a juke box. This all leads to a night of partying at Agnes’ Motel room. After R.C. leaves for an emergency phone call, Agnes and Peter spend the night together. Once this happens, the bugs arrive. Are they real or is it just their imagination?
Most critics are calling this film a horror movie. I wouldn’t go as far as calling Bug a horror movie. It is more like a psychological film. A government conspiracy to be exact. In other words, if you are the type of person who believes in government conspiracies, then you might find “Bug” to be a very disruptive film. If you are not that type of person, you might start to think like one once the film ends. The acting portrayed in the film might be Ashley Judd’s best work yet. Don’t let the film’s name trick you into thinking that this movie is full of creepy crawling bugs, because it’s not. In fact you never really see any bugs. This is what leaves you wondering whether or not the two really had an infestation, giving “Bug” a resemblance to Hitchcock films.
Director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The Hunted, The French Connection) does an excellent job at bringing out the true acting in Ashley Judd, who should be recognized in this film for her assertive performance. A little confusing at times, but a second or third viewing should fill in the gaps. The beginning does start off a little slow, but the quirky dialog should keep your interest. Intensity flows off the screen once the sex scene ends. You might occasionally ask yourself “What is going on?”. Trust me this is normal.
Overall this film has talent both behind the camera and in front. The story just keeps getting more bizarre, bloodier, and mind-blowing as it proceeds. William Friedkin doesn’t top The Exorcist, but it is definitely his best work in over a decade. I recommend this to everyone, just to see it this film messes with your head as much as it did mine. Be sure to check your skin for aphids after viewing this movie.